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Before you buy: kitchen cookware, gadgets and tools

Most of us have the “traditional” kitchen appliances, like a microwave and blender, but it’s fun to try unusual kitchen gadgets and accessories. The right kitchen tools can make preparing and cooking healthy meals more manageable. No doubt about it, today’s kitchen tools are designed to be both functional and attractive. A corkscrew isn’t just a corkscrew; it’s doubles as a sleek bar accessory. From colorful enamel cookware to silicone bakeware, there are many eye-pleasing options. But before you unleash your inner favorite TV chef, ask yourself these key questions:

  • Do I need and/or will I really use this item?
  • Can I afford to buy the best-rated/my top choice?
  • Does this gadget trump function for form or appearance?
  • Will this tool help me become more efficient in the kitchen?
  • What, specifically, do I intend to do with it?
  • Is it microwave and/or dishwasher safe? If not, will it collect dust?
  • Is it built to last/made from durable, quality materials?
  • What type of guarantee comes with this product?
  • Do I have enough storage space/room in my kitchen?